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Tips for exploring the Croatian coast and islands by boat

Besides being one of the most popular camping destinations on the Mediterranean, Croatia is also the first choice for many when it comes to yachting and sailing. If you wish to enrich your camping holiday and explore countless islands, bays and coves, you might do that while staying in one the numerous campsites along the Croatian coast. Whether choosing to rent a boat with a skipper or without, the wide choice of boat rentals will make it easy to find the perfect one for you!

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What are the main options and which rules to follow?

Whether being and experienced seaman or a beginner, you can choose between two main options when renting a boat – with or without captain. A captain or skipper with local knowledge might be a great choice if you`d like to rent a sailboat for a day and experience sailing in its purest form. On the other hand, going alone gives you the freedom of exploring every hidden bay and you might also find a perfect cove just for yourself. Just keep in mind that for the second option a boat driving license is required. You might use one issued in your home country, given that the license is internationally recognized or take up a course locally. These are usually provided by private agencies which you can find all along the coast, with the exam being held in the local Harbor Master’s Office.

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A lot of campsites have their own berths

As most of Croatian campsites are located directly on the coast, you`ll find that many of them also offer a lot when it comes to boats. From simple moorings and berths to boat slips, cranes and fully equipped marinas. Even if you don’t have this offer directly in your campsite, thanks to the wide offer of boats and extensive network of marinas, the best option is never far from your accommodation.

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An immense choice of islands, bays, hidden coves

Renting a boat is quite straightforward but choosing which place to visit might me more difficult, as the offer is immense. Depending on your location, some of the most stunning experiences are the Kornati National Park and the nearby Telašćica Nature Park with its high cliffs, as well as the Kvarner islands. Especially interesting is the Krka National Park which is located inland from Šibenik but connected with the open sea by a deep natural channel.

If you`re in the mood to chill and soak up the sun, a boat ride to a beautiful and distant beach is definitely the best solution. You might have seen the Zlatni Rat or Sakarun beaches on many touristic brochures of Croatia and to the top pick we could add Rt Kamenjak in Istria, the Lubenice beach on the island of Cres, the majestic Rajska plaza (Paradise beach) on the island of Rab or Punta Rata on the Makarska riviera.

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Camping and sailing – a great combination for exploring the Croatian coast

There is no need to buy your own boat and tow it to Croatia when the rental offer is so rich. The camping equipment you are bringing with you is enough. And for those who want to experience complete freedom and peace of mind, we advise you to stay in a mobile home or glamping tent and enjoy the pleasures of the sea, each day in a new bay.


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